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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 59 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

OPEN DISCUSSION MAY 2019
May 1, 2019 · 75 

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

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Researchers May Have Solved Darwin’s Paradox of How Reefs Are So Productive
May 24, 2019

By Brian Kahn Cryptobenthic fish may sound weird, but they’re not so different from you and me. They’re vertebrates just like us, though their hearts, bones, and brains are quite tiny. But unlike us, they do two things extremely well. “They’re the masters of premature death,” Simon Brandl, a postdoctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University, …

SpaceX’s 60-Satellite Launch Is Just the Beginning for Ambitious Starlink Project
May 24, 2019

By Mike Wall Last night (May 23), SpaceX lofted the first five dozen members of its Starlink broadband constellation to low-Earth orbit (LEO) using one of the company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rockets. Starlink is designed to provide internet connectivity to people around the world, and it will do so using a truly enormous number of satellites. Starlink …

Let’s Not Forget the Establishment Clause
May 24, 2019 · 1 

By Linda Greenhouse I happened to be in Dublin last week when the Alabama Legislature voted to ban abortions. Foreign travel tends to enhance a person’s perception of what’s happening back home, and that was certainly true for me on this trip. It’s almost exactly a year since Irish voters, by an overwhelming two-thirds majority, threw …

How Hinduism Became a Political Weapon in India
May 24, 2019

By Jonah Blank VARANASI, India—The seven pandits draped in cloth of gold are clearly competing against the five in saffron. In front of thousands of assembled pilgrims, each bevy of priests furiously recites Sanskrit chants, deftly swinging pyramids of flaming oil lamps, banging on bells and blowing on conch shells, wafting thick clouds of incense …

Billion-year-old fossils set back evolution of earliest fungi
May 23, 2019

By Heidi Ledford Minute fossils pulled from remote Arctic Canada could push back the first known appearance of fungi to about one billion years ago — more than 500 million years earlier than scientists had expected. These ur-fungi, described on 22 May in Nature1, are microscopic and surprisingly intricate, with filament-like structures. Chemical analyses suggest that …

Trump Admin Rule Would Let Taxpayer-Funded Homeless Shelters Reject Trans People
May 23, 2019

By Sarahbeth Caplin Keeping with the pattern of confusing “religious freedom” with the ability to discriminate against groups conservative Christians love to hate, the Trump administration wants to allow federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to transgender people. That means one of the most vulnerable populations couldn’t necessarily rely on taxpayer-funded shelters to get help. The Department of …

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Can the Electoral College system be reformed?
Feb 9, 2018 · 304 

by Richard Dawkins Donald Trump was surely right when he said, in 2012, “The electoral college is a disaster for a democracy . . . A total sham and a travesty”. And he confirmed his sensible view on November 13th, 2016 (after winning the election by the Electoral College system, but losing the popular vote) …

An exchange on abortion
Nov 1, 2017 · 239 

Richard Dawkins 24 Oct 2017   I had tweeted an invitation to attend lectures in various parts of Britain by Saba Douglas-Hamilton, who grew up among wild African elephants while her father, Iain Douglas-Hamilton was conducting his pioneering studies of their ecology and behaviour, and he and his wife Oria were fighting the poachers. Saba’s …

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Researchers May Have Solved Darwin’s Paradox of How Reefs Are So Productive
May 24, 2019

By Brian Kahn Cryptobenthic fish may sound weird, but they’re not so different from you and me. They’re vertebrates just like us, though their hearts, bones, and brains are quite tiny. But unlike us, they do two things extremely well. “They’re the masters of premature death,” Simon Brandl, a postdoctoral researcher at Simon Fraser University, …

SpaceX’s 60-Satellite Launch Is Just the Beginning for Ambitious Starlink Project
May 24, 2019

By Mike Wall Last night (May 23), SpaceX lofted the first five dozen members of its Starlink broadband constellation to low-Earth orbit (LEO) using one of the company’s workhorse Falcon 9 rockets. Starlink is designed to provide internet connectivity to people around the world, and it will do so using a truly enormous number of satellites. Starlink …

Let’s Not Forget the Establishment Clause
May 24, 2019 · 1 

By Linda Greenhouse I happened to be in Dublin last week when the Alabama Legislature voted to ban abortions. Foreign travel tends to enhance a person’s perception of what’s happening back home, and that was certainly true for me on this trip. It’s almost exactly a year since Irish voters, by an overwhelming two-thirds majority, threw …

How Hinduism Became a Political Weapon in India
May 24, 2019

By Jonah Blank VARANASI, India—The seven pandits draped in cloth of gold are clearly competing against the five in saffron. In front of thousands of assembled pilgrims, each bevy of priests furiously recites Sanskrit chants, deftly swinging pyramids of flaming oil lamps, banging on bells and blowing on conch shells, wafting thick clouds of incense …

Billion-year-old fossils set back evolution of earliest fungi
May 23, 2019

By Heidi Ledford Minute fossils pulled from remote Arctic Canada could push back the first known appearance of fungi to about one billion years ago — more than 500 million years earlier than scientists had expected. These ur-fungi, described on 22 May in Nature1, are microscopic and surprisingly intricate, with filament-like structures. Chemical analyses suggest that …

Trump Admin Rule Would Let Taxpayer-Funded Homeless Shelters Reject Trans People
May 23, 2019

By Sarahbeth Caplin Keeping with the pattern of confusing “religious freedom” with the ability to discriminate against groups conservative Christians love to hate, the Trump administration wants to allow federally funded homeless shelters to deny services to transgender people. That means one of the most vulnerable populations couldn’t necessarily rely on taxpayer-funded shelters to get help. The Department of …

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BOOK CLUB
May 1, 2019 · 59 

We have created this thread to provide a dedicated space for the discussion of books. Pretty much any kind of book – it doesn’t have to be about atheism or religion or science or politics. It doesn’t even have to be non-fiction. All we ask is that, whatever the topic or genre, the books are …

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